tv Way Too Early With Willie Geist MSNBC October 24, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EDT
this is "way too early." there's a growing lead among likely income knee yaks. you can e-mail me at waytooearly@msnbc or tweet me or text awake followed by response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this wednesday, october 24th. a lot going on today, including some decent news from facebook. after a brutal couple of months since the company's ipo. we'll fill you in on that. plus, jon stewart gets his crack at monday night's boca debate. it looks to him like romney is leading obama. that clip, later in the show. let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock
here in new york city. we begin with the final sprint to election day. the keanes' travel plans tell you everything you need to know about where this race will be had. our nbc political team puts the remaining number of tossup states now at seven with a total of 89 electoral votes up for grabs. today alone, the white house connecticco contenders will hit four of the states from davenport to reno, nevada. the latest "washington post"/abc news poll, this race is statistically tied. mitt romney looking to claim the momentum yesterday with just 13 days to go. >> these debates have super charged our campaign. there's no question about it. we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support. i had to look at the president's
campaign as well through the eyes of those debates. and well, you know, he's been reduced to try to defend characters on "sesame street" and word games of various kinds and then misfired attacks after one another. we've gone through four debates with the vice presidential debate and my debates. we haven't heard an agenda from the president. that's why his campaign is take on water and our campaign is full speed ahead. >> that line of attack was coupled with the new campaign ad, taking the president to task for what romney calls weak leadership on the global stage. >> the president began an apology tour to going to various nations and criticizing america. i think they look at that and saw weakness. the reason i call it an apology tour, you went to the middle east and flew to egypt and saudi arabia and turkey and iraq and you skipped israel. our closest friend in the region. you said america dictated other
nations. mr. president, america has not dictated other nations, we have freed other nations from dictators. >> i'm mitt romney and a prove this message. >> president obama working to win support in florida by accusing his opponent from shifting from his past positions. >> we've come up with a name for this condition. [ applause ] it's called romnesia. we're breaking down the symptoms here. if you've come down with a case of romnesia, if you can't seem to remember the policies on your website or the promises you've been making over the six years you've been running for president, if you can't even remember what you said last week, don't worry. obama care covers pre-existing conditions. we can fix you up. we can cure this disease.
>> from florida, it was on to ohio for the president where the democratic ticket reunited for a rally in dayton. again, the president hammered the republican candidate. this time over the rescue of the auto industry. >> last night governor romney looked you right in the eye, looked me in the eye, tried to pretend that he never said let detroit go bankrupt. pretended that somehow i had taken his advice. the people don't forget. the people of dayton don't forg forget. the people of dayton don't forget. the people of ohio don't forget. if mitt romney was president when the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, we might not have that today. i bet on american workers and manufacturing. i would do it again because that bet has paid off for ohio and america in a big way.
>> the president released a 20-poij booklet yesterday of all his proposed policies. most reports say there was nothing new inside there. beginning tonight on "nightly news" nbc's brian williams will have exclusive behind the scenes access. a couple days with the president. the coverage continues tomorrow. the candidates out staking ground when it comes to coveted newspaper endorsements. the des moines register in iowa is set to reveal its choice this weekend. on the paper's website yesterday, editor rick green posted an editorial calling out president obama for refusing to meet for an on the record interview with that paper. the president did call in for a, quote, private conversation, specifics of which could not be shared with voters. in a letter to the obama campaign's communication director, i understand all the worries and fears and potential
implications. i know how one slipup could lead to a news cycle changing gotcha. you and i both know iowa is coming down to the wire, the polls are incredibly close. what the president shared with us and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation would have been well received not only by his base but undecideds. the paper which endorsed the president in 2008 says the white house's decision will not play a factor in the board's final decision. mitt romney met with them for an hour-long conversation earlier this month. the audio from that interview is posted online. another candidate seeking a seat in the u.s. senate is under fire over comments about rain and abortion. the remarks came when indiana republican richard mourdock which defeated rich lugar in may's primary was asked during the final indiana senate debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rain or incest. >> i struggled with it myself for a long time.
came to realize, life is a gift from god. even when life begins in the horrible situation of rain, that it is something that god intended to happen. >> that statement comes just two months after representative todd akin, the republican senate candidate from missouri said during a television interview that women's bodies can ward off pregnancy in cases of legitimate rate. mr. mourdock accused joe donnelly of not taking a strong enough stance against abortion. both candidates have said they are anti-abortion. mourdock tried to clarify his remarks after that debatelating releasing a statement which read god creates life and that was my point. god does not want rain and by no means was i suggesting he does. rain is a horrible thing. for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick. the romney campaign quickly distancing itself saying, quote, governor romney disagrees with richard mourdock's comments. they do not reflect his views.
romney endorsed mourdock and appears in a campaign ad supporting the candidate early this week. this race is in a statistical tie in indiana. u.n. envoy says the syrian government, some rebel groups have agreed to a truce. a bakery in aleppo was shelled yesterday, killing at least 20 people, including children. ajt vifts say another 50 people were injured. president bashar al assad took to state tv to offer amnesty to opposition fighters if they laid down their weapons. in neighboring lebanon, the military has been pa electoraling the streets of tripoli. tensions remain high in the wake of a bombing friday in beirut that killed a number of people, including a top lebanese security official who had spoken out against the syrian regime. there are some signs anyway of life from facebook in the wake of the social network's
massive stock slide. despite reporting a quarterly loss on tuesday, the company did say its mobile advertising plan is bringing more money than anticipated. nearly $150 million. let's get more on this story and a quick look at the markets as we get up in your business. julia is live for us in london morning. hey, julia. good morning. as you said, strong performance from facebook after trading yesterday, up over 12%. despite reporting a loss. the key focus was on the revenues an they beat expectations, jumping by around a third in the period, $150 million coming from mobile adverts. investors are demanding that facebook find alternative ways to boost growth. this stock has lost around half of its value since it listed just under six months ago. i'll stick with the tech sector, apple, the other big story.
they launched their widely anticipated ipad mini yesterday. it's combined to complete with rival products with the likes of amazon and google. the price was the problem. that sent the stock down over 3%. it comes in at over $100 more expensive than those rival products. yes, apple has a large selection of apps, content but the question is does this pricing mean they have -- it allows their rivals to increase their market share? good news, though, apple enthusiasts, it will be on the market by christmas. >> julia chatterley, thanks so much. game one of the world series in san francisco. a quick turnaround for the giants. after a seven-game series they wake up to face the best pitcher in baseball, justin verlander. that's ahead in sports. and stephen colbert weighs in on president obama's apology
tour as described by mitt romney. also, a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back. with the arrests early this morning of a 41 veteran and a jamaican teenager, the recovery of an assault rifle, a tripod and a scope, one of the most inten manhunts in american history is coming to an end. [ male announcer ] inside the v8 taste lab.
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new england. this definitely has our attention. this could end up being possibly one of the worst storms of the season going all the way up the east coast. here's what we're dealing with now. jamaica's first. it will get hit by a hurricane during the day. sandy is a strong tropical storm. the storm will cross cuba and head northward. there are tropical storm watches up for south florida right now. it looks like a glancing blow for you. definitely on friday, high waves and gusty winds. then the storm, it will be somewhere between the outer banks and bermuda. it will transition into a nor'easter storm. it gets colder the further north you go this time of year. this is where all the questions are, what is going to happen with this storm? could it turn into a super nor'easter on steroids? that's one scenario. that would be the worst case
scenario. we also have a full moon two days after this. we'd have high tides, beach erosion, high winds with leaves on the trees. we're hoping it takes more of a path up towards the maritimes and weaken. it appears we could be dealing with a potent storm somewhere from the delmarva up through new england, monday, tuesday of next week. as for today, it is warm and mild across the country. the cold air will soon be plunging down. the potential is there for not just the worst hurricane or tropical system but possibly one of the worst storms in the entire year to come next week in the northeast. >> a blocking high. >> it doesn't allow the storm to go out to sea harmlessly. the storm has to go somewhere but it can't go out to sea. it could head our way. time for sports now. game one of the world series tonight, 8:00 eastern time.
out in san francisco. it will be tigers ace justin verlander, the best pitcher in baseball getting a lot of rest against barry zito. zito allowed just 2 runs in his two postseason starts. the miami marlins fired ozzie guillen yesterday after one season with the team. he faced controversy early in his marlins tenure. he said he loved fidel castro. outrage in the cuban population. it was his win/loss record, not his comments that sealed his die par tur from miami. they moved into a huge new stadi stadium. guillen led the team to its worst record in 13 years, 69-93, tied with the red sox for the sixth worse in the major. disappointing year.
came despite the marlins having the highest payroll in baseball, at $118 million. he said in life there are worst things and i have experienced them. i have lived through bad moments and i will get through this with support. the franchise now seeking its fifth manager since early 2010. in boston yesterday, john ferrell, who spent the past two seasons as blue jays manager took over the same post for red sox, agreeing to a three-year deal to become the 46th manager in red sox history. it was the recently fired bobby valentine who found himself making headlines again. in an interview with bob costas that aired last night, valentine used his first public comments to call out david ortiz who valentine says chose to miss playing time not because of injury but because he knew the team was out of contention.
>> ortiz came back after spending about six weeks on a decision abled list, we thought it was going to be only a week. he got two hits the first two times up, drove in a couple runs, we were off to the races and then he realized this trade meant we're not going to run this race. we're in the going to finish the race properly. and he decided not to play anymore and i think at that time, you know, it was all downhill from there. >> ortiz was on the disabled list with a strained achilles from july 18th to late august. his last appearance of the season came the day before the red sox sent adrian gonzalez, crawford and beckett to the dodgers. he never returned to the red sox lineup. the gm disputed valentine's comments. according to espn, the red sox are close to signing the
36-year-old ortiz to a two-year deal worth an estimated 25 million bucks. ortiz's also denies valentine's story. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," president obama hammers mitt romney for shape shifting at the boca debate, abandoning his past policies. with 13 days until election day, the fight for this win state is on. we'll knock it around with our "morning joe" crew. when we come back, we huddle around the water cooler to watch jon stewart examine that third presidential debate. "way too early" coming right back. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles
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we told you at the top of the show that according to the nbc political team's projections seven states remain in the swing state column for the presidential election, perhaps the most important of those, ohio, a state the president needs to serve as an electoral college firewall against a romney victory just 13 days from now. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends president obama has made the trip to ohio 17 times this year, thor than he's visited any other state. joe biden has visited the buckeye state nine times in
2012. i bet there will be many more over the next two weeks. let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch the daily show's take on the boca debate, a look at how president obama and romney seemed to agree on things. >> drones are being used in drone strikes and i support that entirely and feel the president was right. i want to underscore the same point president made. i felt the same as the president did. i supported his action there. it's absolutely the right thing to do to have crippling sanctions. [ cheers and applause ] >> i think romney's leaning obama. guess which quality romney chose to highlight as the difference between the two men? >> leadership. we should be playing the leadership role. america must lead. we need strong leadership. leadership.
i'd like to be that leader. >> follow me! i'll be right behind the president. >> stephen colbert meanwhile took up romney's argument that president obama has spent much of his presidency on a soldout worldwide apology tour. >> four years ago the president began what i've called an apology tour. of going to various nations in the middle east and criticizing america. i think they look at that and saw weakness. >> nothing governor romney just said is true. >> yes, it is. you apologized not only that, you bowed to leaders all over the world. that is not presidential. fdr never bowed to foreign leaders. he never even stood for them. but obama, obama -- [ applause ] obama will bow to anyone. hell, after the debate he bowed to romney's grandson. >> still ahead on "way too early," why are you awake?
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we asked you at the top of the show for a few e-mails early this morning. john tower has them. >> rosemary wrote i woke up sneezing and coughing at 3:45. you are as cute as a button. >> you're not so bad yourself. >> you guys were incredible showing up big time in boca for us. we had a blast. >> a fantastic one. i'm up because i can't find my wallet and i'm freaking out about it. >> that's it? he lost his wallet. so he's up watching our show. we'll take it at this hour. take them where you can get them. another one. >> i've been is up most of the night with my sick 8-year-old son. we turned "way too early" on in hopes that he'll be bored enough to fall